2017 Speakers

2018 Speaker bios

Daljitt Barn

Head of cyber innovation

Munich Re

Daljitt fosters cyber partnerships and collaboration opportunities within the cyber insurance value chain. His team work closely with the internal business units and the external ecosystem(s) to promote cyber innovation to maintain our leading position in the cyber (re)insurance market.
Previously, Daljitt managed the Corporate Underwriting Cyber Team, where he delivered the cyber insurance strategy, and promoted secure but profitable growth across the Munich Re Group. A key area of focus for the team was the identification of new or not yet quantified accumulation risks in respect of cyber, and supporting and guiding business units on cyber issues (e.g. underwriting, wording, pricing, and legal issues). Daljitt is also a member of the Munich Re Cyber Board, and has led the internal Munich Re Cyber Summit - an annual networking and educational event bringing together our underwriters and risk specialists.
Before Munich Re, he collaborated with UK and Global insurers to develop cyber insurance propositions for pre-bind risk and post-breach response services. He has over 20 years' experience in the cyber security consulting arena across security strategy, risk, architecture, operations and business development roles. Daljitt also managed the cyber team within PwC UK, for their Insurance & Investment Management sector, and is also the founder and former chairman of the Cyber Risk & Insurance Forum (CRIF).

Duncan Gallagher

Europe & CIS crisis practice lead


Duncan has over 20 years' PR experience and is a specialist in crisis and issues management. Responsible for leading the Edelman Europe & CIS Issues Practice, Duncan has advised on issues including redundancies, product recalls, major crimes, data breaches, food contamination, malicious hacking, industrial accidents and fatalities, high profile restructuring, litigation support and media and regulatory investigations across the globe.

Duncan's crisis and issues client experience includes providing support and training for organisations including Booking.com, P&G, Unilever, Shell, Sanofi Pasteur, Habbo Hotel, Novartis, Formula 1, The Walt Disney Company, OMEGA, Michelin, Unilever, Delta, FIA, IHG, Virgin Atlantic, Associated British Foods, Diageo, Glencore, Ford, Kia, Visa, Zurich Insurance, and Nissan.

With a specialist interest in the digital and the cyber-security space Duncan has developed and delivered scenario planning and training sessions for several blue chip international companies. He is regularly asked to speak at conferences and has presented media response training sessions at board level, produced internal crisis communications manuals and written training guides on the subject.


Andrew Beckett

Managing Director, EMEA leader, cyber security and investigations


Andrew Beckett is a Managing Director and EMEA Leader for Kroll's Cyber Security and Investigations Practice. Andrew began his career at GCHQ where he held a variety of roles including head of the branch responsible for providing cyber security advice to government departments and penetration testing. He also served in the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This is an International Civil Service organisation operating under the auspices of the UN where Andrew was the first head of the Office of Confidentiality and Security and charged with setting up this team. Andrew went on to run his own commercial consultancies before joining Airbus Defence and Space in the UK as the head of Cyber Defence, a role he filled for five years before joining Kroll. Andrew is a visiting professor of Cyber Security at the University of South Wales.

Rossella Bollini

Underwriter - international TMB, specialty lines


Rossella originally joined Beazley in 2012 as a D&O underwriter, concentrating on large risks International directors and officers liability.
After two years within the Management Liability team, she moved to the Technology, Media and Business Services team in August 2014 with a specific focus on International cyber liability and errors and omissions.
She has eight years' experience in the insurance industry.
Rossella speaks Italian, English, Spanish, French and German and currently holds the Dip CII qualification.

Simon Calderbank

Senior underwriter - cyber - financial lines

Tokio Marine HCC

Simon is a Dip CII qualified professional with over 15 years' experience working in London and Regional Insurance markets. Having gained a 2.1 honours degree in Business Studies Simon's career started at Hiscox, during which time he wrote professional indemnity, financial lines and commercial risks. Subsequent moves have seen him focus on Technology and Cyber Risks at CNA and most recently QBE where he was the Senior Technology and Cyber Underwriter. A frequent speaker at industry and client sponsored events, Simon's breadth of knowledge and underwriting ability ranges from the very small to the multinational risks seen in the London Market.

Jared Concannon

Senior cyber risks specialist, Europe


Jared joined Chubb's European Cyber Risk Practice in 2017 and in his current role is responsible for leading Chubb's Global Cyber Facility for Europe. Previously, he worked at Chubb in New York City for four years in the Cyber and Professional Indemnity Group. He earned a bachelor's degree from Colgate University and a master's degree in business administration from NYU Stern School of Business.


Matt Cullina



Matt Cullina has served as CEO of CyberScout since 2008.
Under his leadership, CyberScout has evolved from a service provider enjoying strong partnerships among personal lines carriers in the United States to a multifaceted, award-winning provider of identity and data risk management, breach response, resolution and education services across the globe.
Cullina spearheaded the creation of the Privacy XChange Forum, an annual conference focused on emerging topics in privacy and security. The event draws speakers from around the world and has hosted experts from the FTC, IRS, White House, and Congress.
Cullina serves on the board of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and was a member of the Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission. He is a graduate of Salve Regina University and lives with his family in Providence, R.I.

Adelle Gruber

Global cyber, privacy & technology underwriter

Brit Insurance

Adelle Gruber is a Global Cyber, Privacy and Technology Underwriter at Brit Global Specialty and has been underwriting Technology E&O and Cyber insurance over the last 10 years of her Insurance career.
Brit is a Lloyd's Syndicate and global specialty insurer and reinsurer focused on underwriting complex risks.
Operating since 1995 Brit underwrites a broad range of commercial specialty insurance from offices in London, North America, Bermuda and Asia.
Brit has one of the largest and most diverse portfolios in Lloyd's leading approximately 70% of the business they write.
Gross written premium in 2015 was US$2bn.

Ben Hobby


RGL Forensics

Ben Hobby is a Partner in the London office of RGL Forensics, a global forensic accounting firm.
Ben focuses his practice on the quantification of major and complex losses located around the world relating to physical and non-physical damage business interruption, cyber losses, fraud & fidelity matters and reinsurance investigations.
In addition, Ben is RGL's representative at the International Underwriting Association's cyber claims committee.

Laura Irvine



Laura is a Partner in the Data Protection Team at BTO Solicitors LLP. She is an experienced Solicitor Advocate and a regulatory lawyer. She has a particular interest and expertise in data protection, privacy and information law.

Laura was co-counsel in relation to the first, and to date, only, successful appeal against an ICO fine for a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. As a result Scottish Borders Council had their £250,000 fine returned to them.

Laura regularly provides contentious advice and assistance following data and cyber incidents to clients in the private, public and third sectors. She assists clients in handling subject access requests and how to comply with Data Protection Act 1998 and how to plan for the General Data Protection Regulation coming into force on 25 May 2018. Laura is assisting many clients in the lead up to this significant regulatory change in the way that personal data is handled.

Laura is particularly passionate about data protection and according to feedback from training sessions, she makes an inherently dull subject entertaining. She is a respected adviser on Cyber Resilience - the Scottish Government's strategy in this crucial area. She is a Director of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre due to her expertise in cyber security law and is regularly asked to provide advice and training in this area.

Neil McDermott

Head of products – legal expenses and creditor

UK General

Neil has worked in the insurance sector for over 30 years spending most of his time working for a number of legal expenses insurance and assistance insurance organisations including Capita and DAS, in a variety of underwriting, business development and technical specialist roles.
He joined UK General Insurance two and a half years ago in a product role with responsibility for financial loss and payment protection insurances. Over the last 12 months Neil has worked closely with the Cyber team and has been fundamental in shaping a cyber protection for the mainstream UK personal lines market.

Rogier Soer

International cyber practice leader

AXA Corporate Solutions

Rogier joined AXA Corporate Solutions in 2009 as a liability underwriter. Prior to working in the insurance industry, Rogier was involved in developing multi-platform IT and contact centre solutions, focusing on the financial services sector.

Rogier has been instrumental in developing a number of markets for the AXA Corporate Solutions liability portfolio and has extensive knowledge of the French and Benelux insurance markets. In 2013 Rogier co-created CyberSphere, the first comprehensive Cyber Insurance policy for AXA in Germany, the UK and France and has been International Cyber Practice Leader for AXA Corporate Solutions since the beginning of 2016.
Rogier was born in Amsterdam and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Robert Vescio

Chief analytics officer

SSIC X-Analytics

Robert (Bob) Vescio is recognised as one of the cyber security industry's foremost experts in cyber risk measurement and quantification, having held senior roles in the field over the last 20 years. In his role at SSIC, Bob is responsible for the creation and development of X-Analytics®, the company's proprietary, patented method for measuring and modelling cyber risk.

Previously, Bob served as global director of Verizon's Advanced Security Services, Verizon's Security Management Program, and Verizon's MSS Client Services Team. During this period, he was responsible for pre-sales support, product management, service delivery and operations, quality and assurance, risk modelling and executive sponsorship.


Matthew Webb

Chief underwriting officer and line underwriter for cyber


Matthew Webb is Chief Underwriting Officer and Line Underwriter for Cyber at Hiscox. He is responsible for delivering the Group's approach to underwriting, product and pricing as well as leading the London Markets Cyber team which underwrites in Lloyd's. Hiscox began writing cyber insurance in the late 1990's and currently sells specific cyber products through five of their seven business units to over 10,000 customers. They have solutions for organisations of all sizes - from entrepreneurs to multi-nationals.